The Utah Jazz will face the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday night. When the Jazz and Trail Blazers meet for the first time in 2022-23, they hope to win their fifth straight game.
Latest news on Rudy Gay and Damian Lillard
On Saturday, the Portland Trail Blazers (10-5, 11-4 ATS) will wrap up a three-game homestand. The Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 117-110 on Tuesday, following a 117-112 loss to the Dallas Mavericks at the end of a six-game road trip. Two days later, they were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets, 109-107.
In 38 minutes against the Nets on Thursday, Damian Lillard had 25 points (8-24 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 6-6 FT), three rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal.
Damian Lillard hasn’t shot particularly well (36.7 percent) during his three-game double-double streak, but he has finished with 20 or more points in each game.
Through the first ten games of the 2022-23 season, the star point guard has continued to show why he is one of the top scorers at his position, averaging 27.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 7.0 assists.
Gary Payton (abdomen) has been experiencing intermittent pain while attempting to return to competitive conditioning and will continue to rehab before being re-evaluated in two weeks. The team made the announcement on Friday.
Keon Johnson (hip) will miss Saturday’s game against the Jazz.
Johnson has missed the last eight games due to a hip pointer injury. Johnson does not play in the Trail Blazers’ nightly rotation when they are fully healthy, so his absence will have little impact.
The 10-6 Utah Jazz traveled to Phoenix to try to snap a three-game losing streak. Last Tuesday, Utah fell to the New York Knicks as a 4-point favorite, 118-111. The Jazz were outscored 35-26 in the fourth quarter and were unable to keep up with Jalen Brunson, who finished the night with 25 points and eight assists.
Rudy Gay will be out for at least two weeks, according to the Jazz, who announced the news on Thursday.
Rudy Gay missed Tuesday’s game against the Knicks due to a third finger MCP joint sprain in his left hand, according to an MRI.
He’ll be evaluated again in about two weeks, and his absence should give Lauri Markkanen and Simone Fontecchio more playing time.